Despite “taunting” overtures, Senate Democrats are showing little interest in Obamacare fixes, even as the law leads to higher premiums across the country.
Senate Democrats may make “taunting” overtures to the Senate GOP on Obamacare fixes, but recent reporting suggests the minority party prefers attacking Republicans to making meaningful changes to Obamacare.
A Roll Call piece published Wednesday lays out how Democrats have made “attacking” the American Health Care Act (AHCA), or Trumpcare, “a main priority.” This, of course, willfully ignores recent headlines about the significant changes Senate Republicans are making ot the House’s AHCA.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to mocking Republicans, pointing out problems with the Obamacare replacement effort but failing to offer up any solutions:
“I have said from the beginning, it is hard to see Ted Cruz and Susan Collins getting to the same place on this issue,” said Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, referring to his Republican colleagues from Texas and Maine, respectively. “What they’re pursuing is a loser strategy because they don’t want to vote for the House bill … and they’re unwilling to give up the basic architecture of the House bill.”
And CNN reported on Tuesday that Democrats are “taunting” Republicans “from across the political aisle” on Obamacare, even as they make supposed overtures to the GOP.
Meanwhile, Obamacare continues to struggle on many fronts:
- Anthem announced its exit from Ohio’s Obamacare exchange on Tuesday, “leaving residents in 18 counties without an insurance option” (Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is up for re-election in 2018)
- Anthem’s exit puts Indiana’s market at perial, as consumers face “either significantly [higher] premiums” or less options for insurance plans (Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is up for re-election in 2018)
- Pennsylvania announced nine-percent premium hikes in 2018 (Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is up for re-election in 2018, and has said “nothing” gets him to “yes” on Obamacare reform)
Will Senate Democrats make real Obamacare reform efforts? Time will tell, but it seems so far their strategy is mock Republicans and watch Americans struggle with Obamacare.
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